sans serif records with a heavy heart the passing away of photojournalist Selvan Shiv Kumar in Bangalore today. He was in his early 40s and had been ailing for some time. He is survived by his wife and son.
Shiv Kumar had worked in The Times of India, Deccan Herald, Hindustan Times and DNA in Bangalore, Delhi and Bhopal, covering the hunt for Veerappan and the manhunt of Rajiv Gandhi‘s killers among other assignments.
In July 1997, Shiv became the first Indian photojournalist to be selected for the Reuters Foundation Willy Vicoy fellowship for the fall term at the University of Missouri, USA. As photo editor of the newly launched Bangalore edition of DNA in 2008, Shiva was responsible for a five-days-a-week picture page.
He was photo editor of Bangalore Mirror at the time of his demise.
Last active on his Twitter account in May, one of his tweets reads:
“Photojournalism has lost its sheen of spontaneous pictures to the present day of posing and the subject looking into the camera.”
Read his profile: Light Stalkers
Visit his blog: http://shivselvan.blogspot.com
View some of his pictures: Flickr